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Best AWD Hybrid Vehicles in 2019

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No longer a limited or experimental feature, there are now hybrid versions of many popular makes, including all-wheel drive (AWD) vehicles. While hybrid and AWD sound like the best of all worlds (or a contradiction), it generally means a more expensive vehicle, since hybrid and all-wheel drive options, separately, tend to push vehicles to the top of the price range.

But what you’ll end up with is a vehicle capable of handling year-round road conditions with improved mileage, though likely not as good as the gas savings you’d typically notice from going hybrid with other vehicles. And remember, AWD isn’t the same as four-wheel drive (4WD, 4X4), which is designed with rugged terrain in mind. We’ll explain more about AWD — and the differences between hybrids and electric vehicles — below.

In the meantime, here are the best AWD hybrid vehicles, sedans to SUVs. Our picks had to be highly rated by Kelley Blue Book (KBB) experts, consumers on Edmunds and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and/or Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), when available.

Best all-wheel drive hybrid sedans and hatchbacks

  • 2019 Toyota Prius
  • 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Plug-In Hybrid
  • 2019 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD

Best all-wheel drive hybrid SUVs

  • 2019 Mercedes GLC 350e 4MATIC
  • 2019 Acura MDX Sport
  • 2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Best AWD hybrid sedans and hatchbacks

If you’re looking for a hybrid sedan or hatchback with AWD during inclement weather, these top-rated vehicles have been turning heads.

2019 Toyota Prius

  • 52 city, 48 highway MPG
    MSRP not yet announced
    Not yet reviewed by KBB experts or consumers on Edmunds
    5 stars NHTSA

Toyota rolled out a new Toyota Prius for 2019, with a new all-wheel drive option that leads the field. However, the AWD option shaves off some of the mileage that can be found in the base front-wheel drive models — 50 MPG combined compared with 56 MPG. It also adds to the base model price. Toyota hasn’t released pricing but the AWD version is reported to start around $27,000. That puts it right around the same price as Toyota’s plug-in Prius Prime with an estimated 133 MPG equivalent but significantly more than its cheaper and smaller Prius c. However, neither of those comes in AWD. TSS-P, Toyota’s safety package for the Prius, is a standard feature. It has all sort of safety technology to keep you from danger on the road, such as pedestrian detection, lane departure alerts and steering assist. But watch out, if you love Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, you might be disappointed as these aren’t included in the 2019 Prius.

2019 Subaru Crosstrek Plug-In Hybrid

  • 90 MPGe, 35 combined
    $34,995 MSRP
    Not yet reviewed by KBB experts; rated 4.2 out of 5 by consumers on Edmunds (29 reviews)
    Not yet rated by NHTSA; IIHS Top Safety Pick

What consumers seem to love about this hatchback is that it can do a lot. It’s versatile in tough terrain because of its standard AWD and raised suspension, loaded with safety features and is a plug-in hybrid on top of all that. Its steering-responsive headlights helped earn it a Top Safety Pick designation and these come standard with the vehicle. Its multimedia package does include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus it has Wi-Fi connectivity so passengers can stream their favorite playlist. The hybrid also boasts standard heated front seats and an available heated steering wheel.

2019 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD

  • 28 city, 29 highway MPG
    $61,900 MSRP
    4 out of 5 by KBB experts; not yet rated by consumers on Edmunds
    5 stars NHTSA

While the 2019 Acura RLX hasn’t yet garnered reviews by KBB experts or consumers on Edmunds, the model heads into 2019 without any major changes from its 2018 version which earned a 4.8 out of 5 from consumers on Edmunds. Popular standard safety features include adaptive cruise control, which set and maintain your own speed (you can even use it to come to a stop) and lane assistance, which will alert you if you drift out of your lane and put others in danger. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are missing from the entertainment system but Milano heated leather seats, leather steering wheel and jewel LED lights are standard features with the sport hybrid package. Take away the hybrid and the vehicle is available at a starting MSRP of $54,900, but the AWD is only available with the sport hybrid.

2019 BMW 530e XDrive

  • 29 MPG combined, 72 MPGe combined
    $55,700 MSRP
    4.6 out of 5 by KBB experts; 4.9 out 5 by consumers on Edmunds (7 reviews)
    Not yet rated by NHTSA; IIHS Top Safety Pick

This luxury hybrid sedan, with all-wheel drive, combines the comfort of a sedan experience with the efficiency of a hybrid and the curb appeal of a BMW. Though the 5 Series includes different options, if you’re specifically committed to getting a hybrid then it’s the 530e you’ll need. The 4-cylinder gasoline engine on the plug-in hybrid is combined with an electric motor. Upgrades to the hybrid AWD drive include a choice of performance packages.

Best AWD hybrid SUVs

If you’re after a bigger vehicle but want to stay hybrid, these AWD hybrid SUVs could be a good fit for you.

2019 Mercedes GLC 350e 4MATIC

  • 56 MPGe, 25 combined
    $49,990 MSRP
    4.6 out of 5 by KBB experts; 5.0 out of 5 by consumers on Edmunds (3 reviews)
    Not yet rated by NHTSA; IIHS Top Safety Pick

The GLC has three models, the 300, 300 4MATIC and the 350e 4MATIC. Of these, only the 350e is a plug-in hybrid with standard AWD and also sits at the highest price point. The 350e includes a robust suite of safety technology, including adaptive braking and collision alerts, and boasts an acceleration of 0 to 60 in 6.2 seconds. The driver assist package, for an added $2,250, includes features such as blind spot assistance, speed limit assistance and pedestrian recognition. For entertainment, the SUV has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for an extra $350, plus it comes with in-car Wi-Fi.

2019 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid

  • 26 city, 27 highway MPG
    $52,800 MSRP
    4.6 out of 5 by KBB experts; 4.6 out of 5 by consumers on Edmunds (7 reviews)
    5 stars NHTSA

The three-row MDX comes as a hybrid with standard AWD with the choice of two packages. The advance package, which starts at $59,550, has a number of luxurious upgrades and safety technology to entice buyers to the higher price point. It boats heated, second row captain’s chairs, a surround-view camera and blind spot monitoring. For drivers who don’t want to upgrade, the standard MDX safety features are robust in their own right. Vehicles are outfitted with collision mitigation braking, lane keeping technology and adaptive cruise control.

2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid LE Plus

  • 29 city, 27 highway MPG
    $36,970 MSRP
    4.4 out of 5 by KBB experts; 4.6 out of 5 by consumers on Edmunds (5 reviews)
    5 stars NHTSA; IIHS Top Safety Pick

There have only been minor style changes in 2019 to this popular SUV with all favorite features from 2018 still intact, including standard AWD. While some consumers take issue with the cramped third row, competitors who are nearby in price, like Volkswagen’s Atlas at $31,890, don’t have hybrid options. Toyota’s Total Safety Sense features are standard, including pedestrian detection and lane departure alerts. One thing that isn’t standard or even available at all? Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Hybrid, plug-in hybrid, electric — what’s the difference?

It’s easy to use the terms hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric interchangeable, but they actually refer to significant differences between vehicles. Traditional hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles are similar in that they both depend on gasoline and electric power to operate. Traditional hybrids get their electricity from an internal battery that’s typically charged while braking. Plug-in hybrids follow a similar concept but can be plugged into an electrical outlet or charging station.

Then there are electric vehicles. They’re not included on this list because electric vehicles aren’t hybrids — they run solely on electric motors powered by rechargeable battery packs.

Ways to finance the best AWD hybrid

If you want to get an AWD hybrid but don’t quite have the cash on hand, don’t panic. There are a number of ways you can get financing to afford your vehicle, such as applying for financing through a credit union, bank or online lender. You’ll probably want to compare auto loan rates at several places before you move forward.

Getting preapproval for an auto loan before you start shopping can help your search move faster and give you the knowledge you need to get the best deal when you’re negotiating your APR. On LendingTree, this process is simple. Fill out an online form and receive up to five potential auto loan offers at once, that way you don’t have to bother with five different lender applications.

Methodology

Vehicles were chosen based on a combination of their ratings by KBB experts, consumers on Edmunds and safety groups. No vehicle that scored below a 4 out of 5 by KBB experts or consumers when available was eligible for the list. When rated, the safety rating needed to be at least a 4 by the NHTSA. The MSRP is for the hybrid version of each model.

MSRPs in the article are accurate as of the date of publishing.

 

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